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Saturday, June 21, 2014

Alessi and Architect Greg Lynn explore new sensuous forms.

GL FORM The Duke and Duchess

GL Form Tea and Coffee Towers

 GL Form Tea and Coffee Towers
GL Form Tea and Coffee Towers

Architect cum sculptor, Greg [3] Lynn graduated cum laude from Miami University (OH) with degrees in Architecture and Philosophy, and Princeton University with a Master of Architecture.[4] He is distinguished for his use of computer-aided design to produce irregular, biomorphic architectural forms, as he proposes that with the use of computers,calculus can be implemented into the generation of architectural expression. Lynn has written extensively on these ideas, first in 1993 as the Editor of an AD Special Issue called “Folding in Architecture”.[5] In 1999, his book “Animate FORM”,[6] funded in part by the Graham Foundation focused on the use of animation and motion graphic software for design. In “Folds, Bodies & Blobs: Collected Essays”[7] is the republished essay from ANY Magazine “Blobs, or Why Tectonics is Square and Topology is Groovy”[8] for which he is credited with coining the term ‘blob architecture’ later to become ‘blobitecture’ popularized in a weekly Sunday New York Times article “ON LANGUAGE: Defenestration”[9] by the late William Safire. The recent book “Greg Lynn FORM”,[10] edited by Mark Rappolt, includes contributions by his colleagues, collaborators and critics including Ross LovegroveJeffrey KipnisChris Bangle,Sylvia LavinImaginary ForcesPeter SchröderBruce Sterling and J. G. Ballard. Along with Hani RashidJesse Reiser and Stan Allen, he was one of the earliest teachers to explore the use of the digital technology for building design and construction when he was teaching the ‘Paperless Studios’ started whileBernard Tschumi was Dean at Columbia Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP) from 1992-1999. He was the Professor ofSpatial Conception and Exploration at the ETH Zurich Faculty of Architecture (ETHZ) from 1999-2002.

Lynn admits to always having wanted to be an architect. "When I was twelve, I could already construct perspective drawings and draw axonometric projections," says Lynn. "In high school, someone taught drafting and in the first day of class they saw that I could do all these constructed drawings. I started picking oddly-shaped objects like threaded combs and I would try to draw them in two-point perspective. I got into drawing as a kind of sport."
Lynn's New York Presbyterian Church in Queens, New York,[11] with Douglas Garofalo and Michael McInturf is an early project which used vector-based animation software in its design conception. He was profiled by Time Magazine in their projection of 21st century innovators in the field of architecture and design.[12]
Lynn's latest works begin to explore how to integrate structure and form together as he discovered some biomorphic forms are inherently resistant to load. He often experiments with methods of manufacturing from aerospace, boat building and automobile industries in his installations such as Swarovski Crystal Sails[13] and HSBC Designers Lounge for 2009 Design Miami, “Bubbles in the Wine” installation at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco, 1999 Predator Installationat Wexner Center for the Arts with Fabian Marcaccio, and in his industrial design projects like the super formed titanium Alessi Tea and Coffee Towers of 2003 and the Vitra Ravioli Chair.[14] Working with Panelite his studio invented a hollow plastic brick called the Blobwall[15] and using an upcycling approach to design and materials is repurposing children’s toys as the building bricks for Toy Furniture[16] and a Fountain[17] at the Hammer Museum by scanning rotomolded plastic toys, composing them on a computer, cutting them with a 5 axis CNC router and assembling them into welded monolithic objects. The Bloom House[18] includes curvaceous interior elements and windows built in plastics, fiberglass and wood all using this software and CNC controlled machines for its fabrication.